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  • Healthy Eating
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Fitness from the Inside Out
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • The Fit Family
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Healthy Alternatives
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

Acupuncture Deemed Safe for Children

Canadian researchers have established that treating children with the age-old practice of acupuncture is safe, and poses little risk if performed by a qualified practitioner.

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Growing Number of Americans Using Vitamin Supplements

Growing Number of Americans Using Vitamin Supplements

Over the span of almost two decades, the use of dietary supplements has become widespread among U.S. adults. Usage has increased from 42 percent during the period from 1988 to 1994, to 53 percent between 2003 and 2006, especially among women. And the most common vitamin supplements?

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Holy Basil: Natural Remedy for Stress

Holy Basil: Natural Remedy for Stress

For centuries, holy basil has been the go-to remedy for all sorts of bodily conditions, as well as ailments of the mind and spirit. See how it might work to combat everyday stress.

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Take Some Oregano and Call Me in the Morning

Take Some Oregano and Call Me in the Morning

Research suggests that oil of oregano, an extract made from one of two plants, the origanum vulgare, or the thymus capitatus variety from Spain, can be used as an antibiotic to prevent many illnesses in humans.

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The Benefits of Bilberry

The Benefits of Bilberry

While a bilberry may seem as insignificant as a "schnozberry," something the fictional Willy Wonka might produce in his candy factory, the bilberry is actually a cousin to the blueberry and the cranberry, another low-growing shrub that gives off tiny berries chockfull of healthy antioxidants. Found throughout the world but rarely cultivated, the bilberry has a lot to offer the human body.

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Acupuncture Effective in Easing Breast Cancer Treatment Symptoms

Acupuncture Effective in Easing Breast Cancer Treatment Symptoms

Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, and the second leading cause of death in women. Although each person’s treatment will be slightly different, it most often involves some combination of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. These treatments often cause uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating side effects; however, researchers say there is another option for these patients; one that works as well as drugs, without the side effects—acupuncture.

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Bowen Therapy: A Gentler Approach

Bowen Therapy: A Gentler Approach

Bowen Therapy—named for its founder Tom Bowen, an Australian who found he had a natural gift for finding rhythms and vibrations within the body’s muscles—is the quick, painless, and revolutionary cure long-time sufferers are looking for.

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Top Vitamin & Supplement Brands and Retailers

Top Vitamin & Supplement Brands and Retailers

Earlier this week, ConsumerLab.com, a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition, released the results of its annual Survey of Vitamin & Supplement Users. This 105-page report provided information not only on what Americans are taking when it comes to vitamins and supplements, but what brands are the best and which retailers are tops in their class for providing a good selection and quality products.

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New Study Shows the Cold Busting Properties of Zinc

New Study Shows the Cold Busting Properties of Zinc

Taking zinc supplements could be your best weapon in the battle against the common cold. According to a new study, zinc can reduce the severity and duration of the cold virus and possibly even prevent the virus altogether.

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Catch Some Natural Zzzzs with Valerian Root

Catch Some Natural Zzzzs with Valerian Root

While there are many over-the-counter remedies for insomnia, from pills and teas, to syrups and oils, a popular natural sleep aid is called valerian root.

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Tea Tree Oil: Natural Treatment Alternative

Tea Tree Oil: Natural Treatment Alternative

As an essential oil used in aromatherapy, tea tree oil is found in many face and body creams, soaps, lotions, hair products and candles. Even though tea tree oil is a natural product, there have been studies done to prove its effectiveness as a treatment for certain ailments.

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Meditation Can Provide Greater Pain Relief Than Powerful Medication

Meditation Can Provide Greater Pain Relief Than Powerful Medication

Don't discount the power of meditation; it has been proven to reduce pain and discomfort in even high levels of pain, and it doesn't require a zen master to be effective.

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Arginine May Help Obesity

Arginine May Help Obesity

Arginine is an essential amino acid that our body needs, and now researchers at a school in Texas were able to produce positive effects using arginine on obese rats.

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A Ginkgo a Day? New Research Finds Hope for Stroke Victims

A Ginkgo a Day? New Research Finds Hope for Stroke Victims

Known to grow to over 134 feet tall and live up to 3,000 years, the Ginkgo biloba tree has long been a source of medicinal aid in China for centuries, and now it may be useful in staving off some brain damage due to the after-effects of a stroke.

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Top 5 Prenatal Vitamins

Top 5 Prenatal Vitamins

Pregnancy is a special time in a women’s life and requires special attention to diet and lifestyle, as well as the necessary addition of prenatal vitamins to your daily routine. Here are 5 choices of plant-based prenatal vitamins to get you off to a good start.

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